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WheelsOfGrace.com | Volume 12 Issue 6 | 21 2003 HD Road King Question: What is the thickness of the narrow friction disc? The service manual states, if the thickness of any plate measures under 0.143″, replace the clutch as a set. I have an '07 Night Train with 4-inch risers and drag bars. The bars don't wobble but stay canted left or right depending on the twist to the fork. The bushings were new, I changed to hard plastic. Still no good. Try shortening the bushing sleeves a little (1/8, or 1/4″). Also, look for risor bolts with a shorter shoulder section. My daughter has a 2005 883 Sportster. The carburetor spits and sputters until it gets really worked up, which takes about 10 minutes. I cleaned it up, giving it new gaskets and a new, bigger jet. No change. Any advice? The condition you describe is often caused by either an intake leak, bike not charging (grounded stator), or an ignition system issue. We would suggest performing a full charging system test next. I am in the process of replacing my starter and found it to be somewhat overwhelming. My question is, while the primary cover is off, is there a spray or other product to clean the old oil residue and or contaminants out prior to reassembly? Is it acceptable to use compressed air to blow out any particles? The bike is a 1994 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. You can use most any aerosol brake cleaner to clean, whatever you think looks good at a local auto parts store. Yes, using compressed air is great for cleaning thoroughly, just make sure you remember to use safety glasses or goggles. I have installed Cobra three-inch slip-ons, Vance & Hines VO2 naked air breather kit, and the FP3 from Vance & Hines as well. I did this to help enrich the fuel and cool down the engine a little as they are super lean stock. Before doing any of this, I noticed that the pipe from the front cylinder is a little darker than the rear cylinder and has soot in the end. Even with the upgrades, it is still the same. I am concerned that the rear cylinder has an intake leak or something causing the rear cylinder to be leaner than the front. The bike has 11,000 miles. I need this bike to last for many years and just want to make sure I don't have a problem. I do not trust the dealership any longer, as I was told five different answers about where the cat converter is on this model. I don't think they have a clue when it comes to newer engines. There is nothing unusual with what you describe. It is what it is. If you are not experiencing any problems, why look for one? Don't overthink it. It's an air-cooled motor. The 2014 Softails are excellent, and the performance upgrades you added are great choices. Service that bike regularly and it will last you a good long time. TECH Q&A By Fix My HOG By Mark DiPietro Available Now Take the Journey with Pastor Monty Van Horn Get your copy at: www.vhmi.org

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